The Effectiveness of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in Assessing Sialolithiasis – A Review

Authors : Andria Dsouza; Anchila Vincent; Dr. Sitara Rathan; Dr. Rashmi.K; Dr.Muhsina C.H; Dr.Devishree Rai; Dr. Raghavendra Kini

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

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Sialolithiasis stands as the primary cause of enlargement in major salivary glands, including the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands. This condition primarily impacts people between the ages of 30 and 60, and it is more common in males. The most commonly observed symptom is intermittent gland swelling and discomfort triggered by eating. Various imaging methods, such as plain radiography, sialography, computed tomography (CT), cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), ultrasonography (US), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear scintigraphy/positron emission tomography (PET), are utilised for diagnosing salivary gland lesions. Today, the rapid acquisition of 3D images via cone-beam CT(CBCT) has overcome time constraints associated with traditional medical CT and MRI. A swift and precise diagnosis can significantly enhance treatment effectiveness. CBCT has the potential to revolutionise dentistry with advantages like high-resolution imaging, shorter scan times, and reduced patient radiation exposure.

Keywords : Sialolithiasis, 3-Dimensional imaging, Cone beam Computed Tomography.


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